As you may have noticed I have been absent from Dave’s Asia for quite a while now. I have had to take a hiatus from the blog in order to deal with the hectic day to day activities of real life. It was the end of the school year and schoolwork was piling up. Meanwhile, I was keeping up with my part-time job at the school library and with many social obligations. With all of that going on, and with the unapologetic laziness in which I engaged during what little downtime I actually had, I was simply unable to keep up the blog. All of this is probably of no interest to you as a reader.
However, I do have some exciting news to report. On my “about” page I mentioned that I hope to study in Japan someday. Well, that day has arrived! My application for a foreign exchange program has been accepted and at the end of the summer I will be heading to the famously beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan to study for six months at prestigious Doshisha University ( 同志社大学 – “Doushisha Daigaku”)! I am so excited to have this opportunity and I can’t wait to embark on this incredible journey!
Doshisha’s campus is right across the street from the ancient Imperial Palace complex. In this beautiful location I will be continuing to intensively study the language, while also learning about the culture and hopefully taking classes relating to regional relations/issues.
For my stay I will be starting a new blog, documenting my experiences in and around Kyoto. My goals are to cover 100 miles walking the streets of Kyoto, and to travel to a few other cities in Japan, including Osaka, Tokyo, and Sapporo.
I intend to keep up this blog, though the posts will likely be fewer, and there will probably many overlaps and links between the two.
Again, I can’t wait to get started on what I know will be an amazing, life-changing adventure! 楽しみにしています！(tanoshimi ni shiteimasu! – “I’m looking forward to it!”)